Mystery Stack Pack featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

Good old Walmart. Always a toy on the shelf, and as it happens, on sale! The Tsum Tsum craze is moving along with more merchandise twists added to capitalize. And so we have Tsum Tsum Mystery Stack Pack.

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Actually, I picked up nine packages, some from Walmart and the rest from Toys-R-Us. Both had them on sale for under $3.00 CAN per pack. With each package, you get a small Tsum Tsum figure and a stacking accessory.

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A Mystery No More!

Out of the nine mystery packages I purchased, I got three of one character (The Red Queen) but no other duplicates. So not a bad average for a blind buy!

So here are the seven characters I got:

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The Red Queen

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Mickey Mouse

Mystery Stack Pack ChipMystery Stack Pack Chip Stacked

Chip

Mystery Stack Pack SuzyMystery Stack Pack Suzy Stacked

Suzy (from Cinderella)

Mystery Stack Pack EeyoreMystery Stack Pack Eeyore Stacked

Eeyore

Mystery Stack Pack OlafMystery Stack Pack Olaf Stacked

Olaf

Mystery Stack Pack Jiminy CricketMystery Stack Pack Jiminy Stacked

Jiminy Cricket

These are designed to stack on the back of the medium Tsum Tsum characters. You can stack them on each other but then they are wobbly at best! It is pretty hard to get the character to stay on his/her own prop!

Here is a group shot:

Mystery Stack Pack Group Shot

Which Is Your Favorite?

The Series 2 set has fifteen characters including Buzz Lightyear and the LGM from Toy Story. These were the two I was hoping for.

Now I don’t know whether to go back and buy more Mystery Stack Pack, er… packs, or just be satisfied with what I have. Blast these mystery packs/blind boxes of Disney!

In case you aren’t up on just what a Tsum Tsum is:

Disney Tsum Tsum is the name of a range of collectible toys based upon Disney characters (including characters from the Disney-owned Star Wars and Marvel franchises). The name is derived from the Japanese verb tsumu meaning “to stack”, because the toys are shaped like rectangles and designed to stack on top of each other, forming a pyramid shape.

With four basic sizes and a few different materials, there is a Tsum Tsum for everyone. At least, that’s what Disney marketing hopes!

Check out more of my Tsum Tsum collection here.

Disney’s FROZEN Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

So who’s up for more jelly bean goodness? Everyone? Excellent! But if you’re on a diet, you’ll have to ‘let it go’ as you stuff your cheeks with tasty Jelly Belly beans, with a Frozen twist:

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These tasty little beans come in a variety of flavors but only three package designs. Let’s have a look at each in turn:

Frozen Elsa

Elsa

Does The Snow Queen love jelly beans? Yes, they’re the one thing she won’t ‘let go’ of!

Frozen Anna

Anna

Think you can get Anna to share her 28 grams of tasty perfection? Only if you play the sister card!

Frozen Olaf

Olaf

Yeah, just give him a warm hug and they’re all yours!

The store I found these in were selling each package for $2.00 a pop, which I thought was a tad high for 1 ounce of jelly beans!

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Flavors and Nutritional Information

The good thing about Jelly Belly, which may account for the higher pricing, is the attention to allergy needs. These are fat free, gluten-free, and peanut free. And basically low in calories, even if you eat the whole bag at once!

For more Jelly Belly posts, see some Classic Disney characters here, Star Wars characters here, and Finding Dory here.

Happiness is a handful of Jelly Belly jelly beans!

Disney Movie Club's New Ad Package

Once on a Disney mailing list, always on a Disney mailing list! The Disney Movie Club isn’t giving up on my business even though I have never shown even a hint of interest. With my extensive movie collection it would be pointless to join a movie club with the purpose of obtaining even more movies. They have little in stock that I don’t already have!

I won’t get into the finer details of the pitch here as it may appeal to you and actually fit your circumstances better than it does mine. But I thought it would be interesting to share the latest attempt to hook me in, as they have a new advertising package now.

First, the envelope:

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Actually, it was fun to receive this!

The main thing I truly enjoy about receiving this offer is the sticker sheet that comes in each envelope they send:

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Finally, a new set of images

I have about a dozen of the old sticker sheets! I’m good for sealing my correspondence for years to come.

This promotional pitch centers around inviting the prospective client to a party:

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A party given… by me!

Saying they will send me ‘everything I need’ actually means ‘some movies’. Apparently I’m providing the venue and the snacks.

Each envelope comes with a sheet of movie stickers from which you choose your discounted introductory releases. I counted up and found that I have almost 50 of the 60 available movies and no desire to own the other ten:

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Got it! Got it! Got it! Don’t want it. Got it!

But wait! That’s not all! Order now and you will get this beautiful Frozen character blanket for ‘free’ with your paid membership:

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At 3′ x 4′ it is a bit small to keep me ‘warm and cozy’

So again, reading the full details is necessary to see if The Disney Movie Club is right for you. If it is, let’s have the party at your house. I’ll bring the popcorn!

Haven’t received your promotional package in the mail? Check out the official website.

Magical Blogorail: Disney Photography Tips

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing tips to get great photos on your Disney vacation.


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We all like to get our pictures taken with Disney characters! But with the long lines and the short time available for posing, it can be hard to get anything other than the standard stand-and-smile shot like the one above.

So today I’m here to help you one and all break out of the same-old same-old with tips on how to get great character photos:

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Photograph Characters on Their Own

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This is perhaps one of the hardest things to achieve due to the popularity of the characters, especially with the youngsters, who tend to rush up almost before the last guest has cleared the posing area. But with patience and good timing, a great shot can be had!

The one above was taken just before the meet-and-greet officially opened, so Aladdin and Jasmine were waiting off to the side, away from the crowds.

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The picture of Mary Poppins was achieved through the miracle of cropping. A little guest was rushing over to the Practically Perfect Nanny when I saw my opportunity. With just two feet remaining between this shot and the inevitable hug-filled greeting, I had room to isolate my subject in post-editing!

Donald was easier, as he was on the way down the ramp from the Aztec Temple in the Mexico Pavilion. He saw me lining up the shot and struck this pose. Thanks Donald!

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Photograph Characters Interacting

Warm Hugs

Photo Credit: The Mousekatools Mom

We all know Olaf loves hugs, so this shot really plays to his strength. With everyone in on the premise, we have a great , and heartwarming, moment captured forever!

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Most face characters will take the time to speak and interact with each guest, especially if the guest is a cute little child! Both Alice and Mary Poppins took the time to engage these little girls. One with a conversation, and the other by putting the little one to work! Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to hold Mary Poppins’ umbrella?

These kinds of shots capture a moment in time that will never be repeated by your child, and not exactly by another child. This makes each shot priceless!

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Photograph Characters in Close-ups

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If you just have to have the obligatory stand-and-smile shot, make it more interesting by cropping out the extra stuff that does not add to the finished product. Legs, for example, aren’t that interesting and so can be amputated in post-editing.

Another tip for making this kind of shot better is to, if possible, choose a neutral background. Nothing can wreck a great shot like an unintentional photo bomb from some other park guest who is unaware they are in the frame. Hence the weird facial expressions or nose-picking moments that are all too common among the background extras when taking a character shot!

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Photograph Characters Being Funny

Alice in Funland

Photo Credit: Home is Where the Mouse Is

Welcome to Alice in Funland as she introduces this guest to a new way of getting an autograph! As you can imagine, this was fun for the subject, and is much more interesting for those who will look at the picture later.

Fooling Around

Photo Credit: My Pixie Dust Diary

This is a nice shot because it shows a bit of the personality behind the character. Chip is being silly as he helps his littlest poser obtain the same height as her brother. Mischievous. And priceless!

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Photograph You Being Funny with Characters

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Photo Credit: Love Our Crazy Life

Doing something funny with a character is a great way to get a unique shot. Of course, if you want to try the pose above, you might want to bring your own apple. I’m just saying.

Don’t be afraid to really ham it up! Most costumed and face characters love it when they get a ‘live one’ to break up the shift.

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Utilize PhotoPass Add-ons

If you’re OK with spending some extra money to get the professional shots from the PhotoPass Photographers, be sure to check out all of the great add-ons and fun extras available to you.

For example, you can add borders:

Borders

You can add Disney characters, and pretend they are posing with you, or photo bombing you:

Characters

And don’t forget the ride photos. Because a ride is a character too!

Ride Photo

And last but not least, be sure to ask your PhotoPass Photographer if they can add any special elements to your picture in post-production. Like this:

Tinker bell add on

Photo Credit: My Pixie Dust Diary

I hope these tips have given you some ideas for your next photographic adventure at Disney!

For more Disney photography tips, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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Disney’s Frozen Zanai Chocolate Eggs

If you watched the movie Frozen closely, you may have gotten the hint that Elsa and Anna love chocolate. So I guess it’s appropriate that Zanai has released a set of miniature figurines in their signature chocolate eggs:

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They’re smiling because… they love chocolate!

But as we all know, it’s what’s inside that really counts, so:

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Does one of the Love Experts love chocolate too?

This set contains every main character from the movie, and in the case of the Princesses, two costume variations each to make things interesting. Or… to make you buy more chocolate eggs to get the complete set!

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Three almost identical Rock Trolls? Really?

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Slighty different makes all the difference. Right. And my wife married a fixer upper. Wait…

Of course, the main character that everyone is ga-ga over is Elsa, and I got her in her Ice Dress costume:

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Lastly, from the four eggs I bought for the purpose of this post, I got what might arguably be everyone’s favorite character from the movie Frozen:

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OLAF

Although funny at times, this character I just didn’t get. It’s never explained why Elsa had the power to unknowingly create life from snow, and why Olaf ended up one of the by-products of Elsa’s snowy tantrum. Also, he seems to have the memories of the girls earlier playtime when he states that he loves ‘warm hugs’.

For me, Olaf is just one of the many plot holes in the movie Frozen. But fortunately I like chocolate, so buying these Zanai eggs was no hardship! Although I wish I had gotten Marshmallow the Snow Monster instead of two Rock Trolls.

I have to admit, I am one of the (hopefully many) who just didn’t like this film. I can’t ratify any of the decisions the parents made, or Elsa’s decision to continue to honor those decisions, or her actions after her Coronation (trying to kill her sister using an ice monster, anyone?) Oh well, in the end, I guess I’ll just have to ‘let it go!’

Top 5 Ways to Chill Out at Disney

In honor of both winter and our new Disney friend, Olaf, I would like to present the Top 5 ways to chill out at any Disney Park or Resort.

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Cup Topper from Frozen, the movie

Sometimes we get a little stressed and in too much of a hurry during our Disney vacations. What with rushing to get our FastPasses, running to get in a looooong line-up, or trying to plan hours ahead to get the best Parade viewing spot, we might miss the simple pleasures available to us.

Such as:

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Hammocks. Most Resorts that have a beach front also have a hammock or two swinging around somewhere. And even if you’re not staying at that Resort, but just Resort-hopping like I do, no one is going to stop you from relaxing for a few moments while you watch boats go by. And if you pick the right hammock in the evening, you may even be able to watch the Electrical Water Pageant.

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Stock Photo of the Electrical Water Pageant

Want to know some of the best places to watch the Pageant across the Walt Disney World Resort? Locations include:

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Beginning at 9:00 PM
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Narcoossee’s) – Beginning at 9:15 PM
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Beginning at 9:30 PM
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – Beginning at 9:45 PM
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Beginning at 10:10 PM; in instances when Wishes Nighttime Spectacular takes place at 10:00 PM, the Electrical Water Pageant will begin shortly following its conclusion
  • Right outside the entrance of Magic Kingdom park – Beginning at 10:35 PM, during Extended Theme Park Hours only

Chilly Tip Number 4

Dole Whip or Mickey Bars. Most of us can’t resist a frosty treat and these two (among others) are WDWorld-renowned for helping weary and hot Guests chill! Rather than bore you with details here, I’ll let my fellow blogger over at Disney Musings thrill you (or should I say ‘chill you’?) with details at this link.

Dole Whip

Picture from Disney Musings

Chilly Tip Number 3

Water. Not just for drinking anymore! If you’re like me, and who isn’t, you likely seek out free chill opportunities wherever they can be found. Well, let me recommend getting a little damp as a great way to chill!

Here are a few places to get a free splash of water: World of Disney at DTD (Stitch will ‘spit’ on you for free); Splash Pad also at DTD (just outside the Disney Design-a-Tee store); Outside Star Tours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (an Imperial Walker will ‘shoot’ you for free); Test Track Cool Wash at Epcot (see pic below).

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Stand and prepare to be misted!

There is simply no end of places where you can get misted, squirted, sprayed, or ‘spit’ on for free at WDW!

Chilly Tip Number 2

Beverages. Sometimes you need to chill from the inside and so only an ice-cold drink will do it! Again, there is no end to the places that serve frosty beverages, but Club Cool is perhaps one of the most fun! Located at the Innovations Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot, this store features Coca-Cola merchandise as well as several fountain drink stations where you can sample some of the world’s more unique flavors of Coca-Cola products, such as:

  • Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
  • Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica
  • Beverly from Italy
  • Vegeta Beta from Japan
  • Kinley Lemon from Israel
  • Lift Apple from Mexico
  • Smart Watermelon from China
  • Mezzo Mix from Germany

Of course, flavors may change from year to year or visit to visit. Not adventurous with your sipping? Then find your drinking comfort zone just over the bridge in World Showcase. Pick your country and enjoy a regional beverage of your choice!

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Water Attractions. OK, no more fooling around! If you really want to chill out then it’s time to get WET. Hit the Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain and leave the rain poncho in the stroller! The only rules here are no hiding behind another body and never wear white. Other than that: Bring on the Chill!

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The temperature was 50 degrees and we got soaked = CHILLED OUT

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Water Parks. This is a no-brainer so… water parks.

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Ice Gator from Blizzard Beach

Of course, my wife found another way to chill out during one of our visits to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Simply get caught in one of Florida’s sudden thunder showers:

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Each to her own, I guess.